The Welcome Project (TWP) seeks a collaborative leader who can organize fierce advocacy to deepen its impact in empowering the local immigrant communities to become active leaders in civic engagement.
The Welcome Project is a community-based organization that began in the Mystic Public Housing Development in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1987, following the Development’s state mandated racial integration. Initially founded to address the reality of underlying violence that occurred as a result of the integration, TWP has since that time expanded its mission throughout Somerville and to other local communities to holistically address the needs of immigrants of local communities.
For over 35 years, TWP has collaborated with people, partner organizations and government agencies to create equitable access to communities’ social and economic resources. The mission of TWP is to build the collective power of immigrants to participate in and shape community decisions and TWP accomplishes this through programming that strengthens the capacity of immigrant youth, adults and families to advocate for themselves and influence schools, government, and other institutions.
Today, TWP is Somerville's leading immigrant organization; well reputed for its year- round youth and adult culturally affirming, language-accessible, and strengths-based programs. TWP’s programs integrate youth development and cultural programs, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) education, youth interpretation training, leadership training, college and career readiness, immigrant and worker rights education and advocacy through our Somerville Worker Center, and organizing around policy issues through civic engagement and community partnerships. The overarching goal of all programs is to enhance the leadership and personal development of immigrant and lower-income families.
TWP is guided by the following organizational values:
TWP has nine engaged board members, a passionate staff that has ranged from four to seven FTEs, and over 30 committed volunteers and interns. The organization’s annual operating budget is approximately $750k.
The Executive Director of TWP will collaboratively lead a small and dedicated staff in fulfilling its mission. TWP is a leader in advocating for and uplifting the voices of immigrants and holds a unique position in its ability to organize immigrants to participate more fully in civic life. Priorities for TWP that the Executive Director will champion include:
Provide opportunities for civic engagement to promote equitable immigrant participation that transforms local community institutions and culture and improves the lives of immigrants
Respond to and meet emergent needs through innovative services and programming that are rooted in a community-driven process
Develop an organizational infrastructure that promotes sustainability and growth and supports the immigrant community
Team Leadership and Management
Outreach and Collaboration
Fundraising and Resource Development
The Ideal Candidate
The next Executive Director of The Welcome Project will be an effective, passionate leader who is excited to promote the organization’s mission and build community leaders in Somerville and surrounding cities. They will be a collaborative and empathetic leader with both internal staff and external partners. An emerging leader with many of the following skills, experience, and personal attributes is highly desired:
Guidelines for Applicants
This search is being conducted by TSNE in partnership with The Welcome Project. Interested candidates should submit materials via this application link provided on this posting.
Electronic submissions sent through this link are preferred. All submissions will be acknowledged and are confidential within TSNE and the TWP search committee.
Candidates should include a resume and a cover letter that describes how their qualifications and experience match the needs and mission of TWP. The search will remain open and applications will be accepted until the right candidate is identified.
The Executive Director is a full-time, year-round, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with relevant experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget, and in the approximate range of $85,000 – 100,000 annually. TWP offers a generous benefits package including health insurance, professional development and paid time off.
As an EOE/AA employer, The Welcome Project will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.